ADCOLOR Announces Nominees and Honorees for 16th Annual ADCOLOR Awards

    By August 25, 2022 | News, Nominees

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    Writer, Producer, Actress & Entrepreneur Issa Rae to Be Honored with ADCOLOR | Adweek Beacon Award


    ADCOLOR, the premier organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, today announced the nominees and honorees for its 16th Annual ADCOLOR Awards. Since 2007, the ADCOLOR Awards have highlighted and honored the achievements of historically excluded communities in the creative industries. The awards recognize those who go above and beyond to make a difference and who embody the organization’s mission of “Rise Up, Reach Back.”


    ADCOLOR received a record number of submissions this year for its 10 categories accepting nominations, which included two new categories: ADCOLOR Influencer and DEI Executive of the Year. All nominations were carefully reviewed by more than 50 elected judges who represented a diverse range of industries, titles, levels and backgrounds. This year’s honorees in non-competitive categories were chosen by ADCOLOR’s highly esteemed Board of Directors and respective partners. The full list of nominees and honorees can be found below.


    “This year’s record number of nominations proves that even when faced with challenges, our community will still rise to the challenge of creating meaningful work that advances diversity and inclusion,” said ADCOLOR Founder and President, Tiffany R. Warren. “Choosing our nominees and honorees is never an easy task, but our judges and Board members decided upon a remarkable list of individuals whose resilience and outstanding achievements will serve as an inspiration to many. We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate them at our annual awards show in November.”


    Of note this year, ADCOLOR, in partnership with Adweek, will be honoring writer, producer, actress and entrepreneur Issa Rae with the 2022 Beacon Award. The award honors individuals of note who use their considerable platform to change the status quo in their quest for diversity, equity and inclusion. Rae – who notably mandates that all her sets must be 60% diverse – has advocated for representation throughout her career, including her starring roles in the likes of HBO’s Insecure and productions under her HOORAE banner like A Black Lady Sketch Show, Rap Sh*t and Sweet Life: Los Angeles.


    Adweek is thrilled to be celebrating Issa Rae for her incredible work and leadership,” said Ann Marinovich, Chief Content Officer, Adweek. “From her award-winning web series Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl to her groundbreaking HBO series Insecure and now with the content she’s producing at her media company HOORAE, Issa has shattered boundaries in storytelling and representation. Her commitment to her native South L.A. has been just as important, as she has invested in the area’s revitalization and efforts to keep the Black community thriving and successful.”


    The 2022 honorees and winners will be celebrated at the 16th Annual ADCOLOR Awards, set to take place on Sunday, November 20 at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles, CA. The in-person awards show will be the culmination of the organization’s annual event, ADCOLOR 2022, held from November 17-20. In-person tickets for the event are now sold out, but virtual ticket options to view content post-event are still available at bit.ly/adcoloreverywhere.


    For additional updates and information on the ADCOLOR Awards and ADCOLOR 2022, please follow ADCOLOR on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.



    ADCOLOR® is a not-for-profit 501(c) (6) organization whose mission is to celebrate and champion diversity in the creative industries. Our process is twofold. First, we help individuals and organizations RISE UP, letting their accomplishments and ideas shine. Then we teach these new leaders and would-be-mentors how to REACH BACK and find others who deserve to be noticed and promoted. Our goal is to create a community of diverse professionals who are here to support and uplift one another. Learn more by visiting www.adcolor.org.



    Amazon, Disney, Google | YouTube, Meta, Microsoft, Diageo, Sony Music Group, Droga5, LinkedIn, Yahoo, MSL, PublicisGroupe, TikTok, Hearst Magazines, IPG, Tripadvisor, GroupM/WPP, Block, Inc., Edelman, 72andSunny, Adobe, Condé Nast, Dentsu, Dentsu Creative, Disney Yellow Shoes, Integral Ad Science, Lionsgate | Starz, MAS, Mediahub Worldwide, MullenLowe, TBWA, Twitter, VaynerX



    Spotify, Google | YouTube, Apple, Deutsch LA, Adobe, Delta Air Lines, Disney Yellow Shoes, Microsoft


    ADCOLOR Corporate Members

    The Advertising Club of New York, American Advertising Federation, Ampersand, Deutsch LA, Droga5, Energy BBDO, Google | YouTube, Instacart, JKR Global, Marc Strachan, Mark D’Arcy, McCann Worldgroup, Meta, Michele Thornton-Ghee, Microsoft, MSL, The One Club for Creativity, Richemont, Sony Music Group, Stephen Kim


    ADCOLOR Vendor Partners

    5WPR, Adewole Photography, Adrianne Lipscomb Graphic Design, Akande Music, Bravely, Chauncie Burton, Cevallos Brothers Productions, Crown + Conquer, Epidemic Sound, Isa Beltré/Plush Merchandising Consultants, Mark Clennon Photography, Sound Investment, Squeaky, STAMP Event Co.,  the STUDIO, Tabernacle, Virtual Event Site, Wendy Shanker




    Ad of The Year

    • Campaign: “In The Spotlight”
    • Client: SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young
    • Agency: BBDO New York


    • Campaign: “The Hug Project”
    • Client: Cox Communications
    • Agency: FCB Chicago


    • Campaign: “The Myth”
    • Agency: Wieden+Kennedy


    • Campaign: “Teenage Dream”
    • Client: Sandy Hook Promise
    • Agency: BBDO New York


    • Campaign: “Unbox Me”
    • Client: UNAIDS
    • Agency: FCB Chicago


    ADCOLOR in Tech

    • Annie Jean Baptiste: Head of Product Inclusion & Equity, Google
    • Maria Teresa Hernandez: Vice President, Sales & Brand Partnerships, Mirriad
    • Shadi Nayyer: Head of Community Development, D&I & Creator Education, TikTok


    ADCOLOR Influencer

    • Claudine James: English Teacher, TikTok Educational Content Creator
    • Renee Reid: Senior Manager, User Experience Research, LinkedIn
    • Tony Weaver, Jr.: Founder, Weird Enough Productions


    DEI Executive of the Year

    • Kai Lawson: SVP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, dentsu Creative
    • Jason Rosario: Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, BBDO Worldwide
    • Jeff Marshall: Chief Diversity Officer, UM


    Change Agent

    • Cass Cruz: Senior Brand Strategy and Integrated Marketing Manager, Bose
    • Mira Kaddoura: Founder & Executive Creative Director, Red & Co
    • Trishna Shah: Director, Recruitment & People Experience, Big Spaceship



    • Filippia Iboko: Director, Roundel Partner Strategy, Roundel by Target
    • Kamala Avila-Salmon: Head of Inclusive Content, Lionsgate
    • Shaheed Peera: Global Creative Partner, FCB Health, part of IPG Health Network


    Rising Star

    • Isioma Odita: Sr. Account Manager, SMB, Twitter
    • Mariam Dabbious: Product Marketing Manager, Google
    • Rosalina Jowers: Director of Communications, Participant



    • Danielle Calhoun: Vice President, Inclusive Practices, Weber Shandwick
    • Devin Baker: Creative Director, 72andSunny
    • Tiffany Golden: Director of Community Partnerships, Wieden+Kennedy


    Most Valuable Partnership (MVP)

    • Google & WNBA
    • Hologic & Cherly Overton Communications
    • TBWA\Chiat\Day New York & Family Equality





    ADCOLOR | Adweek Beacon Award

    • Issa Rae: Writer, Producer, Actress & Entrepreneur


    ADCOLOR | One Club Creatives

    • Kinney Edwards: Global Head of Creative Lab, TikTok
    • Rony Castor & Anthony O’Neil: Creative Directors, Goodby Silverstein & Partners (GS&P)



    • Alana Mayo: President, Orion Pictures
    • Leanne Pittsford: CEO & Founder, Lesbians Who Tech



    • Diego Scotti: EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Verizon
    • Marvin Chow: Vice President, Global Marketing, Google
    • Oriel Davis-Lyons: Head of Creative (Podcast+Talk), Spotify | Founder, ONE School



    • Jill Kelly: U.S. CEO, EssenceMediaCom
    • Neal Arthur: CEO, Wieden+Kennedy
    • Shawn Martinbrough: Artist & Writer


    Lifetime Achievement

    • Honorees will be announced at a later date



    • Aaron Francois: Senior Connections Strategist & Founder, R/GA / Black Visionaries



    • Ivy Phan: Art Director, Grey Group
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